Yahoo pulls the plug on GeoCities

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by edesignuk, Apr 24, 2009.

  1. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    BBC.

    :eek: :eek: :eek: They paid $3.6bn for that hunk of junk!?? In 1999!?? Are/were they crazy!??
     
  2. SkyBell macrumors 604

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    Wait, is that their free service? I was paying for hosting from Yahoo! a while back, but I don't know if this is what I was using...
     
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    Well thats one down, now for the other crap to die (facebook, bebo, msn space thing)
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    GeoCities free have ads.
     
  6. DR_K13 macrumors regular

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    I always laugh when I get a Geocities link.

    90% of the time , the link is dead .
     
  7. Shaun.P macrumors 68000

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    Aww, I am disappointed to hear this. GeoCities reminds me of the early internet.

    I used to host a couple of sites on GeoCities. It was pretty easy to use and manage.

    Although as someone previously said, 90% of GeoCities links are dead because most of those pages are old accounts associated with the "old" internet.
     
  8. John Jacob macrumors 6502a

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    Have to agree with edesignuk, were they crazy? :eek:

    However, those were crazy times. In 1998, Yahoo was also in talks to acquire Excite for $5.5 to $8 billion. However, Excite was finally purchased by @Home for $6.7 billion. Around the same time, Ford bought Volvo Cars for $6.45 billion. I remember going WTF at the time. A mere website worth more than a real company that actually sells hundreds of thousands of cars a year? :confused:
     
  9. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    What do you have against Facebook? I understand why people dislike it when people post their entire life on it, but it's a good way to stay in touch with people, especially family that lives far away.

    Don
     
  10. Foxglove9 macrumors 65816

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    End of an era. I pulled one of my geocities sites about a year ago, and I think I might have another site active which I guess will get deleted. I haven't updated it in years, but back in the 90's it was great and free.

    RIP Geocities
     
  11. Iscariot macrumors 68030

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    Well met.
     
  12. Randman macrumors 65816

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    Whoa. That's a blast from the past right there.
     
  14. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    I thought Lycos had folded. How the hell is still running?

    Don
     
  15. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Well it's speculative buying. Last buyer is the sucker, so you definitely don't want to be last.
     
  16. Moof1904 macrumors 65816

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    eWorld

    Does anyone remember Apple's eWorld? It barely got off the ground before they pulled the plug on it. I was with a well known software company at the time and Apple was begging us to have a presence on eWorld. Nobody at our company wanted to mess with it so the eWorld package kept getting passed around from person to person, with nobody acting on it. It sat on my desk for a couple of weeks before I pawned it off on some the newer FNG to deal with...
     
  17. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Agreed! I remember making one my self back in the day.
     
  18. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Because its dumb. Well, but that's not a good enough reason, heres a couple of 'em.

    Stay in touch huh?

    Well, if you need to talk to me, there is something now a days called the cellphone. What's that, you do not have x friend's cellphone? There is the e-mail. You want to chat? There is AIM, MSN, ICQ, etc, etc.....

    There is no need for Facebook. Want to share pictures and stuff? Flickr is your answer. Want to post that juicy gossip from last party? Nothing like a good blog on Blogger or somewhere else.
     
  19. jknight8907 macrumors 6502a

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    One benefit is its all-in-one, instead of having 47 different places your stuff is at, plus another 47 for each of your friends (exaggerations may be present in numbers :) ). I like being able to see everything on one webpage.
     
  20. Melrose macrumors 604

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    This is why personal opinions are overrated. I don't have a FB account (or MySpace for that matter) but can appreciate their usefulness for certain things. We're not in a position to judge a tool (or a toy) if we don't have to use it ourselves.

    On topic: Good riddance I say. GeoCities was a novel idea - when it started and people just needed a short & sweet place to put up a few snaps or whatever (before Blogger and Wordpress hit the big time), but nowadays it just isn't as useful or needed as it used to be.
     
  21. Dagless macrumors Core

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    So to keep in touch instead of joining 1 site I have to join Flickr, Blogger and download and register with an Instant Messenger?

    I always find it funny the people who criticise Facebook never really have a good reason. If you don't like it fair enough, but there are enough mature people on Facebook who use it for reasons other than picking their favourite vampire or sending pokes. If you can't see past that then it's your loss.

    But anyways - Some of the older communities I'm a member of (mostly homebrew and game developers) have links to other members older sites. Heh that was a mouthful! But I rather like browsing websites from ~2000. It's quite funny seeing poorly built sites and even poorer built games belonging to people who now work for Sony, Nintendo etc.
     
  22. edesignuk thread starter Moderator emeritus

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    End of the line

    BBC.

    So today is the day. $3.57bn officially down the tube. Slick Yahoo, very slick :p
     
  23. william sire macrumors regular

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    Nothing in life is sacred. Little by little even the internet fascination is coming to an end. And why shouldn’t it? Devices like the iPhone are making it easier to have direct person to person contact in place of many of the purposes we used internet websites for.

    When we get live streaming video in HD with audio porn is done.
     
  24. dllavaneras macrumors 68000

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    xkcd posted a parody of geocities today. I'm not sure for how long it'll stay this way, but still funny nonetheless.
     

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